Belief And Enjoying Cricket Key To Our Bid: Sangakkara
After guiding Sri Lanka to another big ICC World Cup win on Wednesday, Kumar Sangakkara has asked his team-mates to keep enjoying their cricket and not think too far. Thanks to his fourth consecutive century of the tournament - also an ODI record - Sri Lanka, playing their last group game, brushed aside Scotland by 148 runs for a fourth win in six matches.
Chasing Sri Lanka's 363 for 9 at Hobart, the Scots were bowled out for 215 in 43.1 overs and Sangakkara, who will quit ODIs after the World Cup, is happy with the way his team is playing in his last few ODI appearances.
"It was a pretty good game. It was important we finished off strong, especially when playing a team like Scotland. We could have got complacent, but we came in and put up the necessary fight," Sangkkara said in the post-match presentation.
Talking about the exceptional form that has seen him pile up 496 runs at a biblical average of 124.00, the elegant left-hander said: "Once you get used to a certain routine [wicketkeeping and batting in ODIs], it isn't so bad, but now that I am 37, the joints are creaking. I consider myself lucky to be part of such a good side. Sometimes things just fall in place. Everything clicks. No matter how hard you try to find that one thing, it becomes difficult. I am not sure what that one thing is, but it is definitely working for me at the moment, so hopefully I can keep onto it."
With Australia favourites to beat Scotland and take the second spot in Pool A on Saturday, Sri Lanka will most likely play against South Africa, favourites to finish second in Pool B. When asked about the potential quarter-final against the Proteas and beyond, Sangakkara didn't give away much and rather stressed the importance of "not thinking too far."
"As long as we enjoy ourselves and believe we can do it, then we can go far. The squad has changed a bit from the start, and we have had a lot of injuries. The key for us is the way we enjoy our cricket. As long as there is a smile on our face, then that is what matters most," he said.
"Would love to see myself, and all of us, on the winning podium, but you can't want it too much. Just need to keep focused on the present and work hard each day. We are just concentrating on the quarter-final and semi-final thereafter."